On December 5, 2013, The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the "Innovation Act" bill aimed at discouraging frivolous lawsuits by patent holders. The move was backed by companies like Apple, IBM, Cisco and Google. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte won strong bipartisan support in passing by a 325-91 vote. At the time, Goodlatte stated that the bill "takes meaningful steps to address the abusive practices that have damaged our patent system and resulted in significant economic harm to our nation." In 2013 Non Practicing Entities (NPEs) filed a total of 3,134 patent lawsuits against global technology firms, up 18 percent from 2,652 cases tallied a year earlier, the data also showed. The latest statistics once again reveal that Apple remained one of the top targets of patent trolls in 2013.